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When it comes to the law, shipping, logistics and international trade are both areas that fall into a niche sector. Our understanding of shipping and international trade contracts and disputes goes well beyond our knowledge of the law and international conventions. We fully appreciate the importance of risk avoidance and brand protection with your trading partners and customers. Our marine solicitors understand these issues are fundamental to our role as legal advisors and be aware of the strategic, environmental and commercial challenges that shipping and trading companies increasingly face globally.

The movement of goods using multimodal contracts is certainly full of complications, and difficult disputes often arise. With different conventions controlling the transport of goods across Europe and internationally, good advice from reliable shipping lawyers really matters. And that’s exactly what we offer. Our shipping solicitors advise logistics providers, liner services, freight forwarders and transport companies on all matters relating to the movement of goods across Europe and around the world.

As with most businesses today, time is of the essence. With such short time frames regarding claims, you must seek advice as soon as possible. Our team are on hand to advise and guide you through. We are also supporting members of BIFA.

We are proud to be members of the National Workboat Association, our membership being a testament to our commitment to this sector. Our shipping and marine solicitors are familiar with and can advise on the many issues typically faced by workboat operators and suppliers.

We are proud to be an institutional supporter of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations by signing The Green Pledge. The campaign aims to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitrations through behavioural change. We look forward to supporting this initiative and making a positive impact on the environment.

Why choose our marine law solicitors?

We are one of the few shipping and international trade teams based in offices outside of London with the expertise and experience to provide you with that specialist advice. Our commitment is to provide that high-quality service at competitive rates. We take pride in our advice and the support we offer, and client satisfaction lies at the heart of what we do.

In the recent release of the Chambers and Partners UK 2022 Guide, our Shipping and Logistics team have once again achieved excellent rankings.

Partner Linda Jacques has received a Band 3 for Transport: Logistics (UK-wide) and Partner Russell Kelly has received a Band 5 ranking for Shipping (The South).

The team have also achieved a Band 5 in Shipping (UK-wide) with a notable commentary by clients interviewed by Chambers stating that the team “think outside the box, understand how we work and are extremely flexible.” Another client said: “They are fantastic and provide first-class service and support.”

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Lester Aldridge LLP fields a dedicated marine law team, which is known as LA Marine, and was established more than 20 years ago. It is a major player in the logistics, shipping, leisure marine and superyacht sectors. Led by Russell Kelly, the practice provides extensive support to clients on matters such as commercial contracts, finance transactions and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. In addition, the firm is highlighted for its strong track record in dry shipping arbitration and litigation. Linda Jacques handles a varied portfolio of contentious work, including cases involving collisions, the loss of cargo and loss of life on ships. She is also notably experienced in contractual disputes.Close quote
Shipping: South East - Top tier
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When it comes to marine matters, the team of marine specialists at Lester Aldridge are the best in business. They are proactive, knowledgeable and always available and happy to help.Close quote
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Great industry knowledge, great client care skills, very on top of the law in their area.Close quote
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High responsiveness, very creative, excellent business acumen and industry knowledge, good value for money.Close quote
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Solid group highlighted for its adept handling of both wet and dry shipping matters. Acts for owners on a range of issues, with a particular focus on superyacht matters, such as collision liability, sale and purchase, and contract negotiations. Also maintains a strong maritime personal injury and marine regulation practice. Clients include marine insurers, port authorities and yacht owners.
Clients report: "They think outside the box, understand how we work and are extremely flexible."
One client says: "They are fantastic and provide first-class service and support."Close quote
Shipping (UK-wide)
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I have worked with Linda [Jacques] on a number of complex legal disputes and issues that are important to us. She advises us on a wide breadth of legal issues on shipping and logistics issues. She is always extremely responsive and creative which as a business we appreciate. She gives us pragmatic and commercial options and valuable insight on issues, which are often complex and time sensitive. It is a real pleasure working with her.Close quote